A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish (2019)

A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
Director: Michelle Johnston
Writer: Leigh Dunlap, Michelle Johnston
Cast: Laura Marano, Gregg Sulkin, Isabella Gomez, Johannah Newmarch, Lillian Doucet-Roche, Chanelle Peloso, Barclay Hope, Garfield Wilson
Seen on: 23.12.2019

Kat (Laura Marano) lives with her stepmother (Johannah Newmarch) and her stepsisters (Lillian Doucet-Roche, Chanelle Peloso). They treat Kat badly and Kat tries her best to keep her head down until she can get out of there. She works at a Christmas fair as an elf together with her best friend Isla (Isabella Gomez), owned by the Wintergarden family. When a new guy starts working as the Christmas fair Santa, Nick (Gregg Sulkin), he and Kat hit it off. But Kat doesn’t know that Nick is actually Dominic Wintergarden and Nick doesn’t know that he already had a – to her – mortifying encounter with Kat. When Kat’s stepmother starts plotting to get at the Wintergarden fortune, things turn even more complicated for them.

A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish is cute, though it will most likely appeal more to actual teens or tweens than adults who also like YA stuff (like me). It didn’t exactly blow me away, but it’s okay.

The film poster showing a young woman (Laura Marano) and a young man (Gregg Sulkin) standing back to back in fancy dress in front of a wall of red roses.
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Come to Daddy (2019)

Come to Daddy
Director: Ant Timpson
Writer: Toby Harvard
Cast: Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Garfield Wilson, Madeleine Sami, Martin Donovan, Michael Smiley, Simon Chin, Ona Grauer
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 22.9.2019

Norval (Elijah Wood) doesn’t have a great life. He lives with his mother, struggles with alcoholism and his life just doesn’t seem to go anywhere. That’s when a letter from his father reaches him – the father he hasn’t seen since he was a kid. He asks Norval to come for a visit, so he packs his bag and sets off, hoping to reconnect. But when he sees Gordon (Stephen McHattie), it quickly becomes obvious that the bonding that Norval was hoping for probably isn’t going to happen. And then things get worse.

Come to Daddy starts off okay and then gets increasingly more boring and I grew ever more disinterested in any of what was happening, especially since it is a film that is very invested in toxic masculinity. No, thank you.

The film poster showing the drawing of a glass of whiskey with two ice cubes. the top of the ice cubes are the cliffs in a lake with a house overlooking it.
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